Primetime Political Showdown: Xena vs. Hercules

Many of us remember actor Kevin Sorbo for his brilliant portrayal of the Greek Demigod, Hercules, in the classic TV show, “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.” Since then, he and his wife Sam Sorbo have become well-known for their support of right-wing values, and former president Donald Trump.

Fans of the show, undoubtedly also remember Lucy Lawless’s portrayal of Xena, Warrior Princess, which eventually spun off into its own series. Once on-screen super-heroic allies, in the real world, nothing could be further from the truth, with Lawless and Sorbo on complete opposites of the political spectrum. Lawless is a vocal member of the LGBTQ community and a left-wing activist.

The onetime co-stars recently found themselves in an epic battle on whether or not the Capital rioters on January 6 were indeed Trump supporters or ANTIFA in disguise.

Sorbo tweeted his belief, shared by the former president and many of his followers that the Jan. 6 riots were carried out as a “false flag” operation perpetrated by ANTIFA.

Last week, Sorbo quote-tweeted a right-wing agitator who was posting about the attackers. “Do these look like Trump supporters? Or Leftist agitators disguised as Trump supporters,” the agitator asked.

“They don’t look like patriots to me….” Sorbo replied.

Lawless pulled no punches when she hit back at her former TV co-star.

“No, Peanut. They are not Patriots,” Lawless sarcastically agreed, before going in for the kill. “They are your flying monkeys, homegrown terrorists, QAnon actors. They are the douchebags that go out and do the evil bidding of people like you who like to wind them up like toys and let them do their worst. #keepingYourFilthyHandsclean #enabler.”

The right has been long pushing this theory, espoused by the likes of Rudy Giuliani and Trump himself, that liberals had infiltrated the pro-Trump protests against democracy, and it was groups like ANTIFA that actually instigated the violence in the crowd. Some, like Sorbo and multiple Republican members of Congress, are all in on this idea, while others, like Sean Hannity, have been a bit more circumspect in their language lately so they can say they’re “just asking questions” or presenting an alternative view to the popular narrative about the riots.

Adding credence to the claim, the Washington Times, in the days before the Sorbo tweet, published an article that said a facial recognition software company identified left-wing agitators in the frenzied terrorist mob.

Sorbo was certainly not shy with his declarations on the subject. Not long after he posted the tweet referenced above, he was even more definitive in his stance in another tweet, in which he succinctly said, “ANTIFA led the charge into the capitol building dressed as Trump supporters.”

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